Friday, January 6, 2017

ABCD: Is it OK to call someone by their race?

It depends on the context.

If you were just describing someone, for instance you are trying to meet someone for the first time in a crowded place, yup that's cool. However, be sure that it is a descriptor and not a classifier.

Just like how you would point out someone that wears glasses or has red hair.

"I'm looking for this person, he is wearing a brown jacket, a blue hat, about six feet tall, and is South Asian."

The big difference is if the person's race is the only thing that you describe and usually in a negative way.

"Some stupid Brown woman cut in front of me in line at the grocery store."

All about the context, delivery, and purpose.

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